Author: Syeda Zahra Ali
Supervisor: Tahira Mubashar
Year: , 2013-2015
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
Many students travel across rivers for better education and to fulfill their academic demands. In such a case, they may experience both psychological and social problems while relocating to a new environment. Therefore, the current study examined the psychosocial aspects of adaptation of international students in government and private universities of Lahore. It was hypothesized that; (1) ethnic discrimination, acculturation stress and nostalgia and sentimentality would predict psychosocial adaptation in international students in government and private universities of Lahore; (2) sentimentality would moderate the relationship of ethnic discrimination, acculturation stress, and nostalgia with psychosocial adaptation in international students in government and private universities of Lahore; and (3) there would be a difference between ethnic discrimination, acculturation stress, sentimentality, nostalgia and psychosocial adaptation in international students in government and private universities of Lahore. The sample consisted of (N = 150) international students studying in different universities with a mean age = 21.61 years. The Brief Psychological Adaptation Scale and Brief Socio-Cultural Adaptation Scale (Demes & Geeraert, 2014), Brief Perceived Ethnic Discrimination Questionnaire (Brondolo, Kelly, Coakley, Gordon, Thompson & Levy, 2005), Acculturation Stress Scale for International Students (Sandhu, 1994); Emotionality Subscale Of HEXACO Personality Inventory (Ashton& Lee, 2009) Index of Nostalgia Proneness (Holak, Havlena, & Matveev, 2006) were used to measure the study variables i.e. psychosocial adaptation, ethnic discrimination, acculturation stress, sentimentality and nostalgia, respectively. Descriptive and inferential statistics i.e. Pearson product moment correlation, moderation through hierarchical regression and independent samples t-test were used to draw the results. The results revealed that psychosocial adaptation had a significant negative relationship with ethnic discrimination, acculturation stress, sentimentality and nostalgia. It was also revealed that sentimentality moderated the relationship between acculturation stress and socio- cultural adaptation and significant differences were observed in sentimentality and nostalgia between international students of government and private universities of Lahore.
Keywords: Adaptation, Sentimentality, Nostalgia, Stress.
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